CHAOS AND ORDER: Holotropic Breathwork® and Zen

BergZendo Hohe Wand, Austria (12. - 17. March 2024)

This five-day retreat offers a unique opportunity for inner work and self-exploration to discover your true self through combining two powerful practices: Four sessions of Holotropic Breathwork® are combined with Zen Meditation practice.

During the workshop, you can explore the depths of your psyche using Holotropic Breathwork®, a technique developed by Dr. Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof and carried on by Tav Sparks and numerous facilitators worldwide. This well-defined protocol uses breathing, assistive bodywork, and evocative music in a group setting to access deeper states of awareness and consciousness. The safe space encourages participants to surrender to their process and the guidance of their inner healer to explore their inner world.

The Holotropic Breathwork® experience is complemented by traditional Zazen for integration each morning and evening. This simple yet profound form of meditation has been practiced for centuries in Zen Buddhism to cultivate self-awareness, peace, and presence. The practice involves sitting upright and focusing on the breath, alternating with indoors and outdoors Kinhin, a form of walking meditation, chanting, and dharma talks. Participants will learn posture, breathing, and how to sit, let go of distracting thoughts and emotions, and have the possibility for individual consultations with the teacher.

This approximate module/sesshin-length retreat offers a nurturing and supportive environment for anyone seeking personal growth and transformation. It includes four breathwork sessions, experienced two times as a breather and two times as a sitter by each participant, alternating with Zen Meditation. Whether you are dealing with past traumas, seeking greater self-awareness, or looking to deepen your spiritual practice, this workshop may help you on your journey to overcome blockades and build a practice for integration.

The workshop will take place at Bodhidarma BergZendo Hohe Wand, a peaceful and serene location with beautiful views in an old mountain inn above the cliff of Hohe Wand, a nature park near Vienna. The Zazen practice is led by the abbot of the BergZendo, Seigaku Kigen Oshō, an experienced Zen practitioner and teacher in the lineage of Tathagata Zen in the Rinzai tradition, ordained in 1991. Kigen Oshō has studied in Zen monasteries in Japan, Europe, and the United States. The Holotropic Breathwork® is guided by certified, experienced facilitators and psychotherapists.

No previous experience in Holotropic Breathwork® or Zen is necessary. Languages will be German, Slovenian, and English.

Registration: Please fill out the linked registration and medical form
If you have any questions, please send us an E-Mail to


Peter Rantaša

Holotropic Breathwork® Facilitator (in training), Psychological Counselor (in training), Organiser, Philosopher of Cognitive Science, Science Administrator, Business Coach, and Management Consultant. Peter lives in Vienna, Austria, with his wife, three children, and a dog.

Peter has been devoted to exploring techniques and practices for healing and cultivating the mind and soul for over three decades.

Initially trained as an engineer in biomedical technology, Peter's journey began with working with socially vulnerable children and persons with particular mental abilities and needs. Resonating with the countless possibilities of experiencing life, he moved into the professional arts to experiment with extended states of consciousness through mind machines and floating tanks, which he embedded in his works as a sound artist.

Curiosity, wonder, and the continuous search for beauty, truth, and meaning led him to study and graduate in philosophy and cognitive science. He continues his philosophical work by exploring the relations and interactions of the psyche (greek for mind and soul) and techne (Greek for art or craft) in self-healing and self-cultivation.

After a fulfilling career as an international cultural manager jetting worldwide, Peter settled as the administrative director of a cognitive science research unit at the University of Vienna. Besides, he is a self-employed business coach and management consultant.

In 2023, after seven years of practice and training in Holotropic Breathwork®, Peter has overcome a spiritual emergency by addressing multiple deeply buried traumatic experiences, learned to cope with neurodiversity, and finally became a certified Holotropic Breathwork® facilitator. In 2019 he began practicing Zen to continue his spiritual development. In addition, he undergoes multi-annual training for Psychological Counseling that provides him a trade license for the organization of Holotripic Breatwork@ workshops and the methodological toolset from various psychotherapeutic traditions for integrating the holotropic experience into daily life.

Peter is passionate about supporting participants in Holotropic Breathwork® workshops in finding trust in their processes and inner healers by providing a nurturing, inspiring environment and holding the space for their path toward self-discovery, healing, and growth. He is available as a facilitator for workshop organizers and offers events in the context of Arts and Meditation.

Mojca Studen

Mojca first graduated from the Faculty of Physics, and from the School of Fine Arts - Sculpturing at the same time.

From the beginning of her high school years, she was interested in the boundaries and possibilities of human consciousness. She first sought answers in Sri Aurobindo's and Krishnamurti's ideas and philosophy. Through his ideas, she began to practice yoga, especially pranayama. She also began to learn about Buddhism and the practice of getting to know herself through meditation. A happy coincidence brought her into contact with Carlos Castaneda's books. At first, these were just interesting stories, beyond the boundary of the possible, fiction, and legend. Curiosity gave her no peace: she made decisions and attended seminars and workshops organized by Carlos Castaneda, Taisha Abelar, and Florinda Donner Grau. Legends thus became a reality or one of the possible realities.

The next step in learning about human consciousness was the study of transpersonal psychology and involvement in Grof Transpersonal Training and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute. She has the good fortune that she draws her knowledge of transpersonal psychology directly from dr. Stanislav Grof. Stanislav Grof also mentoring her in her Holotropic Breathwork research.

She combined her knowledge of biophysics and transpersonal psychology into Neuro Training - technology that uses binaural tones in a unique way. It is designed as a gym for the brain.

The common thread of all her search is her hobby and passion: freediving. Through freediving, she learned many techniques of self-discovery and met and collaborated with many interesting people, such as dr. Natalia Molchanov and her soon Alexei Molchanov, dr. Oleg Bahtiarev ... Natalia showed her the way to find the balance between freediving as an extreme sport and freediving as an enjoyable activity that opens human consciousness. So they co-designed a free-diving program designed to do just that - Velosimed Freediving as Meditation.

Since 2008 she works as a transpersonal psychotherapist and organizes various holotropic work workshops.


- Psychotherapist

- Clinical Hypnotherapist (CCHt)

- Holotropic Breathwork practitioner

- EMDR practitioner, level II

- Trauma and Stress Releasing practitioner

- Key Method practitioner

- Zen meditation, mindfulness


Earlybird price until 1st of March 400 €

Full price 440 €

If you feel strongly drawn to this workshop but are in a situation where financial constraints make it impossible to participate, please get in touch with us via email. We will contact you by phone and try to find a solution together.

Full board accommodation for the whole workshop:

Double/Twin room: 325 €

Single room: 375 €

Additional Dana for the Zen teacher is welcome.

      Cancellation and Refund Policies

      The cancellation fee is € 70,- any time you cancel the workshop.

      If you cancel the workshop within 15 days before the starting date, the whole workshop amount will not be refunded, but after deducting the € 70,- cancellation fee, the rest could be applied to any other workshop during the following 4 years.

      If you cancel the workshop more than 15 days in advance the total amount (minus the 70 Euro cancellation fee) will be refunded.

      In case of cancellation of the workshop, we will refund you the full registration fee.


      Holotropic Breathwork® Association of Europe


      Holotropic Breathwork® Association of Europe – a Network of GTT certified Holotropic Breathwork® Practitioners in Europe – is providing information and support for people interested in exploring the healing potentials of Holotropic Breathwork®, as well a platform for exchange and learning for GTT (Grof Transpersonal Training® certified Holotropic Breathwork® Practitioners.



      Here you can find “Holotropic Events” all over Europe (incl. Russia and Turkey). You can either look at all events or filter your search by Holotropic Breathwork® Workshops, Grof Transpersonal Training® Modules and others such as lectures and conferences on Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy. Furthermore, you can search events by date, location etc.


      Holotropic Breathwork®



      Holotropic Breathwork® is a powerful technique for self-healing and self-exploration allowing for greater self-understanding, expansion of self-identity and access to the roots of emotional and psychosomatic challenges one might face. Holotropic Breathwork® comes from the Greek words ‘holos’ (whole) and ‘trepein’ (going to) meaning moving towards wholeness.




      GTT is a program for experiencing and studying Holotropic Breathwork® and the transpersonal perspective. It is a two-track program that can be used either to become a certified practitioner or simply to experience this practice in a more in-depth format. It is the best way to spend time with HB co-developer and one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, Stanislav Grof. Although semi-retired, Stan still teaches at some of the six-day training workshops, also called modules.


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